Who are we?

X-Lab Ltd was formed in 2006 by staff and students from the University of Leeds, one of the World’s top 100 Universities. The company is still located in Leeds and maintains very close links to the University, the School of Computing and the ground breaking research that the University generates. X-Lab has justifiably built a national reputation for successfully delivering ground breaking and innovative software applications within the UK National Health Service (NHS). We focus on identifying opportunities for new computing technologies to create new business models that change the way industries think and work.

What we do

X-Lab specialises in building highly scalable software architectures using state-of-the-art web based technologies which focuses on disruptive innovation. Every so often an industry discovers a new technology that nudges behaviour into a paradigm shift where established business practices and processes no longer make sense and new, faster, cheaper more effective ways of working jump out as being obvious. We look for those opportunities and work hard to turn them into reality.


The National Pathology Exchange, built for the NHS by X-Lab, was shortlisted for the eHealthInsider Interoperability Award for Innovation in 2010.

The Osmosis professional development tool for NHS GPs built by X-Lab was shortlisted for the Best Educational Resource of the Year in the General Practice Awards 2013.

Previous and current relevant clients

  • Department of Health
  • Health Education Yorkshire and Humber
  • Royal College of Pathologists (National Laboratory Medicine Catalogue)
  • Connecting for Health
  • Salford PCT
  • The Health Informatics Service (National Pathology Exchange)
  • NHS Yorkshire and the Humber (Web based applications)
  • University of Leeds
    • Web based PROMS with social norms interventions for Alcohol Consumption
    • School of Food Science Nutrition
    • Institute of design, robotics and optimisation
  • Keele University (National Pathology Benchmarking Service)
  • Cancer Research UK (Cervical Cancer Screening Tool – Web and touch screen)
  • Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (PPM)
  • Pennine Healthcare (iPads for clinical handover)

We provide services to other healthcare related software projects and are flexible to tailor our service to the client’s requirements. Other key client relationships include: Philips, Public Health England, the Royal College of Pathologists, Cancer Research UK, over 50 NHS hospitals across the UK and the Universities of Keele and Bradford.


The Health Informatics Service (hosted by Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust)